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When you have time to spare

Here’s another (slightly) mild piece about aircraft and the people that use it. Most of us need to dip into our savings if we want to take a holiday. And there are often large gaps between holidays. As they say, “the struggle is real.” But some people have it made and needn’t worry about silly things such as paying multi-digit prices for frivolous trips. No sense in complaining, as that’s the way it is, alas. As John D. Rockefeller once said, If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it. But that may even be outdated thinking. For example, benefiting from the spoils of tech revolutions, market booms, and other sources, the last ten years has seen a stunning increase in the global numbers of millionaires. In 2022, 1.1% of of the combined world’s adults were millionaires, a huge leap from 0.6% in 2012.

So, we were a little surprised (but not really) when we watched the video below to discover that there are “short” flights available on the Airbus A380. Why should that be noteworthy? Well, first of all, the A380 is a MONSTER aircraft (we love it!) and some configurations can handle 853 passengers. One would think that an aircraft of that size would ever be thought of as the choice for short flights. The standard configuration is a full-length double-deck aircraft has a typical seating for 525 passengers.

Again, we aren’t complaining. During covid, most of these graceful machines were banished to deserts, covered in tarpaulin and left to rot. Praise the pharaohs that those (at the time naive) preemptive actions were taken, for the A380 now flies again. And, if you’re a fan like us, you have a rather luxurious choice of airlines who still proudly feature this graceful bird: Emirates. British Airways. Singapore Airlines. Qatar Airways. Qantas. Lufthansa. Korean Air. Etihad Airways. Asiana Airlines. All Nippon Airways (ANA)

But, do yourself a favour: bask in a nice long flight rather than an island hop. You’ll be glad you did.

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